Qufu - Home of Confucius Beijing - Visiting old memories Harbin - Probably the sole reason for my trip: the Harbin Snow and Ice Festival - one of the most beautiful (and cold) places I've ever been!
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Stop # 1Sightseeing
The main sight is the Confucius temple, mansion and cemetery. All 3 can be done in a day if you start early. Very much a smalltown compared to BJ, SH
Tickets are 130 Yuan and include Confucius Temple, Mansion and Cemetery. Qufu is the birthplace of Confucius and therefore a very good place to learn about Chinese history and culture. Moreover, the Confucius temple is one of the three largest ancient architectural complexes in China. Getting around is pretty easy, since Qufu is very much a smalltown compared to Beijing or Shanghai. Pros: It's dirt cheap. Cons: Most people don't speak English.
Stop # 2Explore
Hands down my favourite city in all of China! Stayed at Sunrise Hostel which is right in the hutongs aka. historic center.
Stop # 3Sightseeing
Temperatures up to -30°C but absolutely worth it! Also check out the frost fair on the frozen river that runs through the city center.
Harbin Snow & Ice Festival
Student tickets are 160 Yuan (2016). A must-see if you're in China during winter time, increadibly beautiful! But beware, temperature can drop down to -30°C or lower, so dress accordingly! Not only is there the city made of ice, but you can also go ice skating and skiing. There are also a couple of reindeer-sleds led by guys dressed as Santa - very amusing.